B’nai Mitzvah – August 2017 issue

Posted on: August 1st, 2017 by tgregory

Lindsay Hornick will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 12, at West End Synagogue. Lindsay was born on July 14, 2004 in Nashville. Her parents are Sarah and Chad Hornick and she is the younger sister of Ellie. Lindsay’s grandparents are Ros Shainberg and the late Roy Shainberg of Nashville and Danielle and Shelly Hornick of Deerfield, Ill. 

Lindsay is in the seventh grade at Grassland Middle School. She is an avid horseback rider and spends a lot of her free time working and riding at Walnut Trace Farm. Lindsay also loves to be with her friends and to create art. For her mitzvah project, Lindsay has chosen to work with Volunteer Equine Advocates (VEA), a group that rescues abused, abandoned and neglected horses. She is collecting items for the horses and financial donations to help the nonprofit organization. Lindsay has set up several horse-item drives at her barn and horse-supply stores to collect donations. She is also setting up several lemonade stands to raise money for VEA. 


Gabrielle Ruben will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 12, at The Temple. Gabrielle was born on August 11, 2004 in Louisville, Ky. Her parents are Herman and Jennifer Ruben and her grandparents are Joel Frockt and Judge Gina Calvert of Louisville, as well as Wendy and Richard Dotson of Louisville. 

As her mitzvah project, Gabrielle will be participating in UniCycle: Nashville, a school uniform recycling program that orchestrates the collection and redistribution of outgrown, gently-used clothing to Metro Nashville public school students who need it.

Gabrielle is in the eighth grade at H. G. Hill Middle School of Nashville and her special interests include dance, reading, fashion, and all things Paris.


Leia Aurora Miller will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah during services at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, at Congregation Micah.  Leia is the daughter of Jason and Laura Miller and the sister of Levi. She is the granddaughter of Dr. Marion Boenheim of Ocean Shores, Wash., and great-granddaughter of the late Irene (Levy) Shwetz and Fred (Hans Fedor) Boenheim, Holocaust survivors.

Leia just completed seventh grade at Grassland Middle School.  She enjoys acting in both local theater and her school plays. When Leia is not involved with a dramatic performance, you will find her studying to continue her high academic success or aiding her mom in a variety of community service projects. Free time to Leia means sibling bonding.  She is a great cheerleader for her brother, especially at his many baseball games. Board games can get heated in the Miller house, but if you ask Leia, she only loses because she wants to give someone else a chance at the glory.  This speaks volumes to how deep Leia’s kindness runs.  

For her mitzvah project, Leia has chosen to make and deliver Joy Jars to children who have cancer and are hospitalized. 


Jonah Hirt will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 26 at The Temple.  Jonah was born on August 7, 2004 in Nashville.  His parents are Mindy and Kenny Hirt and his grandparents are Arlene and Howard Safer and Melanie and Doug Hirt.  He is also the first great grandson of Leon May.  

Jonah is in seventh grade at University School of Nashville.  He enjoys playing basketball and soccer.  He is also a master at Minecraft, a YouTube aficionado and an avid Packer, Badger and Vandy fan (although some are easier to cheer for than others).     

For his mitzvah project, Jonah volunteered with Jewish Family Services preparing Kosher Food Boxes and creating a YouTube video to raise awareness of the service.  You can see his video at https://youtu.be/uJV9i1TOX6Q


Ruby Tallulah Plume will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah during services at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, at Congregation Micah.  Ruby’s parents, Mike and Jenny, are thrilled to celebrate this happy day among family and friends from near and far. Ruby is the granddaughter of Marion Orenstein of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Bernie and Barbara Orenstein of Weston, Conn., Paul Plume of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada and the late Pierette Plume of Shediac, New Brunswick. Ruby and her family are traveling many miles from their new home in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to celebrate this meaningful mitzvah in a community they called home for many years. 

Ruby is currently in the 7th grade at Vimy Ridge Academy, a sports academy school, focusing on hockey (after all, they are in Canada!). In addition to hockey, Ruby competes in BMX bike racing, plays the cello, and loves to sing. Ruby loves to be with her friends and each year counts down the days until she goes to camp for seven weeks in Ontario at Camp Manitou. 

For her mitzvah project, Ruby has chosen to help children with disabilities learn how to skate and play hockey. She will be working towards this as hockey season approaches in the fall.


Andrew Owen Biller will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah during services at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, at Congregation Micah. Andrew is the son of Tara and Daniel Biller and the brother of Jonah and Macie. He is the grandson of Dr. Samuel and Rhonnie Leder of Boca Raton, Fla., and Stephen and Margret Biller of Memphis. He is also the great-grandson of Belle Grusky. 

Andrew is an Akiva School graduate and will be a seventh-grader at Currey Ingram Academy in the fall. He is quite the artist and loves to play drums and keyboards with his friends at School of Rock. Andrew loves spending time with his friends. He always looks forward to his summers at Camp Barney Medintz and visiting with family in the mountains of Western North Carolina. 

For his mitzvah project, Andrew has chosen to help support the kids that attend the W.O. Smith School of Music. 


Abigail Riva Cohen will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 2, at West End Synagogue.  Abby is the daughter of Drs. Jonathan and Renee Cohen and the sister of Julia, Jordan and Rachel Cohen.  She is the granddaughter of Drs. Allan and Maxine Fried of Great Neck, N.Y., and Dr. Mark and Shirley Cohen of Phoenix, Ariz.

She is a rising eighth-grader at Grassland Middle School.  She has enjoyed playing on the Grassland tennis team and the Franklin Arrows lacrosse team.  She also enjoys playing guitar and piano.

For Abby’s mitzvah project, she volunteered with the Jewish Family Service’s Kosher Food Bank, and the Room at the Inn.